Twins charged in racing death both receive prison sentences

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VERNON, Conn. (AP) – Twin brothers charged in the 2005 death of a teenage friend in a Willington car crash both were sentenced Friday to prison time.

Prosecutors say Delphis Bilodeau and Joseph Bilodeau, both 22 and from Storrs, were racing in separate cars on Nov. 30, 2005, when Delphis Bilodeau lost control and crashed.

His passenger, 18-year-old Katelynn Kilduff of Manchester, was critically injured and died after the brothers left her in the wrecked vehicle and fled the scene without calling for help, prosecutors and police have said.

Delphis Bilodeau was sentenced Friday in Rockville Superior Court in Vernon to 10 years in prison for manslaughter, tampering with a witness and evading responsibility. Joseph Bilodeau was sentenced to four years for misconduct with a motor vehicle and hindering prosecution.

Joann Hoar, Kilduff’s mother, told Superior Court Judge Terence A. Sullivan that Delphis Bilodeau has shown no remorse. “My daughter might be alive today if a 911 call was made,” Hoar said. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t make one telephone call.”

Bilodeau’s defense attorney, Brian Woolf, said the autopsy did not prove that Kilduff would have survived if the brothers had called 911, but added that Delphis Bilodeau is “deeply remorseful.” He will be on parole for five years after his release from prison. “I can’t take back what happened that day,” Delphis Bilodeau told the judge Friday. “It should have happened to me.”



Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

AP-ES-07-28-07 1444EDT

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